RIDEM investigating 250 gallon oil leak by Spring Lake


BURRILLVILLE – Authorities are investigating a 250-gallon oil leak at a home by Spring Lake that left a visible sheen on the water over the weekend, also affecting the house’s well.

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management said that two hazmat crews responded to the area after a 911 call about the problem that came in around 3:10 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 21, according to reports. Burrillville fire officials also sent a boat out on the lake but did not report seeing oil on the shoreline or in the water.

They did report a visible sheen on the surface of the lake, however, and a boom was deployed around the property on the lake. DEM sent a vacuum truck to pump out the oil, which had seeped into the ground, and ended up the home’s well.

The leak was reportedly caused by a failed oil tank filter at the house on a short road adjacent to the lake on Waterfront Circle.

Crews were expected to return to the area on Sunday to reinspect the problem.

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